Prison System 4614

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    Prison System 4614

    Haftanlage 4614

    Directed by

    Germany

    2015

    60 min

    • German

    Documentary

    In the world of fetishes there's a niche for every type of proclivity. Arwed caters to a special type of customer: he runs a private prison where he is happy to find all sorts of ways to bully and victimise his paying guests on the other side of the bars. As prison director he is master of ceremonies; during the course of one week, he and his partner Dennis help fulfil their prisoners' wildest fantasies. The inmates treat the days and nights they spend in handcuffs and leg irons as a real holiday – here at last is a place where they can finally switch off and relax. The role play looks a bit like improvised theatre, especially when director Arwed and his assistant Dennis plan the next day’s performance in the bare cells and corridors of their institution. But even when using the whip these ‘torturers’ never forget to be humane and, in spite of their tough prison warder guise, they are fully aware, in a way that is almost caring, of their responsibility for those in ‘detention’. Director Jan Soldat poses his questions off-screen, in the same interview style that he adopted in his short films.

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    Credits

    Screenplay
    Jan Soldat
    Cinematography
    Jan Soldat
    Editing
    Jan Soldat
    Production
    JAN SOLDAT

    Jan Soldat

    Germany

    Born in Karl-Marx-Stadt, East Germany in 1984, he made short films in the Chemnitz Film Workshop and then began studying film and television directing at the University of Film and Television Konrad Wolf in Potsdam in 2008. His films have screened at the Berlinale several times: GELIEBT in Berlinale Shorts in 2010, ZUCHT UND ORDNUNG in the Panorama and CRAZY DENNIS TIGER in Generation 14plus in 2012. In 2014, he was a member of the Generation 14plus International Jury. HAFTANLAGE 4614 is the second in a four-part documentary series about games involving prison role play.

    Selected Filmography